There’s no reason to not feel comfortable in your own bed. If you’ve been looking to make changes to your sleeping arrangements, why not try making some of these upgrades to your bedding?
The most important element of your bed is your mattress. You should ideally change your mattress every 7 years. Mattresses will age and the comfort will be reduced. This is one of the reasons you shouldn’t really buy mattresses second-hand without knowing their previous use (second-hand mattresses may also be covered in bacteria from a previous owner).
There are a multitude of different types of mattress out there. Inner-spring mattresses are the most common – the more springs they have inside, generally the more comfortable. Memory foam mattresses are more expensive, but generally regarded as more comfortable as they sculpt to your body as you sleep. You can also buy hybrid mattresses with springs and a small memory foam layer on top.
Comfort is likely to be a matter of personal preference. Some prefer soft mattresses that they can sink into, especially side sleepers. Firm mattresses may be better for people that lie on their back or front (people with back problems also prefer these mattresses). There are special orthopaedic mattresses available for those with pain. There are also water beds and air beds that offer more flexibility when it comes to sponginess and easier portability (think beyond camping mattresses – there are luxury air beds and waterbeds out there.)
Duvets also come in all shapes and forms. Specialist sites such as The Duvet Store offer a great range to choose from. For maximum comfort, it can be worth having multiple types of duvet – something warm and thick for cold nights and something thin and loose for the heat.
One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a duvet is the fill. Feather and down duvets are the most common, although some people may be allergic to these. Wool duvets are generally thicker and more suited winter. Silk duvets are softer and lighter, but more expensive. There are then all manner of artificial fills from soft microfibre choices to thick hollowfibre quilts.
Blankets and throws are another option. These can work well as a light option in the summer, whilst also serving as extra layer to put beneath a duvet to keep warm on cold winter nights. These come in all different materials from fur to silk.
Some sleepers can be very fussy about their pillows. There are those that prefer only a thin cushion, whilst there are those that prefer a mountain of pillows beneath them. There are also all kinds of fills to consider.
Feather and down pillows are the most common. Some people hate the sensation of feather stems poking through the pillow, but this should only ever happen with cheap pillows. Buckwheat pillows are a harder choice that like feather pillows are natural. When it comes to artificial fills, memory foam is a luxury option to consider for those that want soft support. Microbead pillows meanwhile are harder – travel pillows are usually made out of this fill.
There are special pillows out there for those that may medical conditions. Sleep apnea pillows are able to accommodate those using a CPAP machine to help regulate breathing. Various support pillows meanwhile can be used for spinal problems and pregnancy that can be propped around the body, whether it’s to keep someone lying on their side or to prop up someone’s legs. You may not be able to find such pillows in your average bedding store – specialist companies like Sanggol may be more appropriate.
Many people buy the cheapest sheets they can, whilst others may centre their choices around colours and designs. However, the material and texture can make a big difference on sleep quality.
When it comes to bedsheets, duvet covers and pillowcases, consider the thread count and staple length. The higher these figures are, the tighter the weave is likely to be offering more softness and durability. Cotton is the most popular material for bedsheets, with Egyptian cotton being one of the highest quality materials offering the highest thread count and staple length. Materials like percale are thinner and better for those that get hot when they sleep. You then have satin, which is usually on the pricy end but renowned for its softness and its ability to combat bed hair (ideal for pillowcases).
As well as sheets, consider your mattress protector. Premium mattress protectors are fully water-proof and are certain to prevent any stains to your mattress. Some mattress protectors may come with a wool layer, which can help to keep sheets warm in winter. There are even heated mattress protectors out there as provided by companies like Dreamland.
Your bed itself
On top of all the linen, your bed frame itself is something to consider. The right size bed is important and will dictate the type of mattress and linen available to you. If you’re tall, you may find that you need a longer bed. At the very least, you should so away with a footboard so that your feet can hang freely off the bed. Bigger beds of course may not be practical in small sized rooms.
On top of the size and comfort of the bed, there are other functions worth considering. Many modern beds come with storage beneath that can be great for hiding away clutter or storing bedding. Some beds may have a pull-out guest bed underneath, which could be useful for those that regularly have friends staying over. There are even luxury examples to consider such as four poster beds, as well as futuristic TV beds with a screen in the footrest and more recently the 360 Smart Bed, which can adjust sleepers’ bodies to prevent snoring.
Alternatively, you could do away with a bed frame altogether and settle for a mattress on the floor – it’s how they sleep in many Asian countries.